Police Officer Kenneth Reid Lester

Police Officer Kenneth Reid Lester

Richmond Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, February 10, 2020

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Kenneth Reid Lester

Police Officer Kenneth Lester succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile crash on February 17th, 1995, while responding to an alarm call.

He was responding to the call with his lights activated but no siren. As he approached the intersection of South 8th Street and South H Street a tractor-trailer that was driving in the left lane moved to the right lane. As Officer Lester overtook the tractor-trailer, it suddenly attempted to make a left turn in front of him. His patrol car became stuck underneath the trailer, causing him to suffer debilitating head and internal injuries.

Officer Lester required around-the-clock care for the next 25 years. He passed away from complications of the original injuries on February 10th, 2020.

Officer Lester had served with the Richmond Police Department for 16 years at the time of his crash. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two sisters.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 149

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Friday, February 17, 1995

alarm, emergency response

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Officer Kenneth Lester will be greatly missed! Kenny, as I always called him always made me laugh, to enjoy life in whatever we were doing, and to appreciate people. We were only a year apart in age and loved similar things. He could do the best impressions of the "Gertrude & Heathcliff" routine that Red Skelton use to do on television. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago when we were riding our bikes, out in the swimming pool and playing games on Park Terrace Drive in Richmond. I never said "I love you" to you but you were loved and your community service in protecting Wayne County is appreciated!

Dee Anne Jackson
First Cousin

April 9, 2020

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